By Ed Greif
"It has been a year of ups and downs, and it has been a little frustrating. The seniors went through a lot of adversity this season. Today, there are just five seniors left from that (year's) freshmen class. You showed up to work everyday, regardless of the circumstances," said Jet baseball coach David Prichard Sunday afternoon at the annual banquet at Chuckles.
He also thanked the school adminstration, his coaching staff and the booster club for all of their support during the season.
Prichard and volunteer assistant coach Chris Higdon recognized the team. The team members were Matt Ledbetter, Ryan Burgess, Aaron Jones, Morgan Richards, Dylan Fehr, Nathaniel Wyatt, Ethan Cunningham, Tayler Houston, Cameron O'Rourke, Reed Shaw, David Elliott, Deven Miller, Drew Vaden, Hudson Wilson, Jacob Hayes, John Hayes, Justin Shipe, Kevin Uebelacker, Mason Walker, Matt VanLandingham, Ryan Fehr and Tristan Wright.
Assistant coaches Charles Alva and Kyle Cokkinias were also recognized, but were unable to attend.
Matt VanLandingham was the Junior Varsity Player of the Year. He posted a 1-1 record with a 0.55 ERA, one walk and one hitbatsman in varsity competition and had 1.000 fielding percentage (two assists).
Ethan Cunningham was Rookie of the Year. He batted .257 with seven doubles and two triples and had fielding percentage of .920 (45 putouts and four assists). He had a 0-1 record with a 13.38 ERA, four walks and one strikeout.
The Hustle Award went to Bobby Uebelacker, who batted .193 with three doubles and five RBIs and led the team with a .972 fielding average (153 putouts, 22 assists) and was part of five double plays.
Dylan Fehr had the Best Teammate Award. The senior first baseman batted .227 with three doubles and eight RBIs, and had a fielding percentage of .908 (104 putouts and 12 assists). He was part of five double plays.
"Dylan had his ups and downs this year," said Prichard.
Wesley Hall was the District 6AAA Manager of the Year.
"He was the only manager to get tossed from a game. He is a pure baseball guy," added Prichard.
Matt Ledbetter set a school record for stolen bases with 28, while batting .292 with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and 14 RBIs, and posted a 1-8 record with one save, a 5.25 ERA, 37 walks, 47 strikeouts and eight hitbatsmen to earn All-District honors. He had a fielding percentage of .890 (56 putouts, nine assists) and was part of two double plays.
Houston was Jet Player of the Year and All-District 6AAA. He batted .333 with seven doubles, one homer and 15 RBIs, and posted a 2-5 record with a 3.45 ERA, 11 walks, 26 strikeouts and three hitbatsmen. His fielding percentage was .947 (55 assists and 35 putouts.)
Seniors Dylan Fehr, Tayler Houston, Aaron Jones, Bobby Uebelacker and Cameron O'Rourke received their senior jersies.
Jones was 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA, eight walks, 33 strikeouts and four hitsbatmen, batted .273 with eight doubles, four triples and five RBIs and had a fielding percentage of .710 (16 putouts, eight assists) and one double play, before suffering a season-ending injury at Coffee County.
O'Rourke had a fielding percentage of .947 (23 assists, 103 putouts) and 12 double plays and batted .143 with eight doubles, four triples and six RBIs.
CCHS batted .261 with 162 singles, 42 doubles, three triples, six homers, 101 RBIs, 22 hitbatsman and a school record 108 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .906 (230 putouts, 618 assists) and 39 double plays.